Latest posts by KT53

Help rescue burnt garden

Posted: 21/10/2017 at 20:49

I agree with the others who say to leave everything alone and see what does regenerate.  In the milder climate of Portugal I guess that might happen more quickly than it would in the UK.  There is nothing to lose by trying that approach and possibly much to gain.

If your mother and her friends want colour in the garden in the meantime pots would probably help hide the bareness.

Coping with withdrawal symptoms

Posted: 21/10/2017 at 08:07

Beechgrove has already gone, and GW ends next week.  What coping strategies are others going to use to cope?


Posted: 21/10/2017 at 07:57

They will be the blocks which go between the top and bottom section of the pallet for the forks of a fork lift to fit.

Red Sun

Posted: 19/10/2017 at 17:57

With the amount of rain we've had here in the West today I doubt there is any dust left in the air!

2 level garden worth converting to 1?

Posted: 19/10/2017 at 12:00

My immediate concern is the same as that raised by Dovefromabove.  Lowering your ground level may result in water from the adjoining garden gathering in yours.  The next question is what the quality of the soil would be if you take off 30 cm of topsoil.  If you are going to lower the garden I would be inclined to get the topsoil removed and set aside and then remove some of the sub-soil and replace the topsoil.

Hang metal garden gate on metal post

Posted: 19/10/2017 at 11:54

The best solution would be to find a local tradesman who can measure the gate then supply and fit the hinges to the post.  Trying to do it yourself is fraught with difficulty.  Gates are quite heavy and the pressure applied to them simply by somebody leaning on them would be likely to damage the hinge mounting if you try to fix it with screws.  Welded hinges would be far stronger.

Well hello again

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 08:30

Welcome back Mike.  I hope you're soon back to your old self, although some may not agree. 

Carboard mulch question

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 08:28

A lot will depend on the type of cardboard.  If it's corrugated packaging it might take a while to break down fully but wet conditions over winter would probably be enough to soften it for bulbs to be able to push their way through.  Some corrugated cardboard does have a coating on it and that probably would not be suitable.

Gardening Gloves

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 08:25

The best I've found for general use are made by Spear and Jackson.  They have fabric backs but the palms and fingers have a tough coating on them.  I can still feel through them enough to tie string etc, which I can't in the thicker leather gloves.  They are a nice close fit too.

As Hostafan1 suggests, there's not really a single pair of gloves which is well suited for all occasions.

Mesh in rolawn turf

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 08:20

The Rolawn site states that the mesh biodegrades in 2 to 5 years.  How long has the lawn been down?

They also claim it doesn't have any effect on trimming the lawn.  Neither seems to be the case in your experience.

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